Shilongo Sinks the Cops

| April 29, 2015

Fresh from their triumph in the Mascom Top 8 Cup, Gaborone United (GU) continued their good run when they beat Police XI by a solitary goal in a premier league game at the Molepolole Sports Complex on Tuesday night (April 28).

Benson Shilongo scored the only goal within 20 minutes of the first half. The goal earned Moyagoleele the necessary points to leapfrog BDF XI by two points into position four.

After flooding the Police XI area from the first whistle, Shilongo received a pass just from the edge of the penalty box to beat Police XI shot-stopper, Abednico Morapedi, at the far post, sending the Moyagolele supporters into jubilations.

Despite the win, GU failed to produce the sub-lime performance that saw them outclassing their city rivals, Township Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 final. In the post-match interview, coach Rahman Gumbo said this was due to fatigue.

“After the Mascom Top 8 final, we took a few days off our training schedule, and this may have worked against us as the boys were showing some signs of rustiness, but overall am happy with the way they played, they had a good game,” he said.

Gumbo also said after winning the Mascom Top 8 cup, he was aware that Police XI had watched and studied them, which was always going to make the game tough for them.

“I was also aware that my boys might have the big boy mentality because they were fresh from a major triumph, so before the game, I talked to them to desist from treating the opponent lightly. This season, Police XI have not been an easy opponent for us because in the first round we drew 0-0, so we could not afford to take them lightly,” he said.

The result will surely spur GU ahead of their tough game against Extension Gunners at the SSKB stadium this Sunday (May 3), as the latter were also looking to close the gap between them and the top five clubs.

On what position he anticipated to finish the league at, Gumbo would not commit himself, saying he did not want to put his players under pressure.”We will take each game as it comes and see where it lands us at the end of the season,” he said.

For his part, the disappointed Police XI coach, Junior Lotlaamoreng attributed his team’s loss to a major mistake in a critical area.

“One of my defenders opened the post instead of closing up. This was just a lack of concentration which is common among players mostly in the first and last minutes of the game, and we will have to work on it ahead of our next game,” he said.

He said playing against a team recently crowned champions did not shake his team though, but just that GU were a better team in the midfield.

Police XI will this Sunday face BDF XI at the Molepolole Sports Complex, and Lotlaamoreng said they will have to prepare well to counter them as they (BDF XI) needed a lot of ball players.Matebele will be looking to redeem themselves after they were unexpectedly held at home by basement and relegation bound Letlapeng SC.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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